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The Biggest Loser!?

This is a post dedicated to two people who were supposed to teach me something important for my life and could not have failed more.

The first person is my English teacher from High School. According to him my English was rubbish and I would never be able to speak properly… He constantly gave me the worst marks ever and there was nothing I could do to improve. I have to admit that I was not the most keen person in school and really was a bit lazy. My English might not have been perfect but I was able to communicate and to express myself. I think I was kind of average but definitely not a hopeless case as he described it… He made me believe that I will never graduate from high school and will never make it anywhere with my knowledge in English. He hated me and did not even try to hide that from me. He was making jokes about me in front of the whole class and did not even care about how insecure this made me. Of course I believed him. If a teacher tells you you are a loser how would you know that it is just wrong and that it is not his role to decide that…

My life developed different than expected by him in the end. The fact that I am writing this blog in English shows already that I cannot be a total loser but on top of that I can‘t wait to meet him one day in the streets only to tell him that I studied at an international University in Germany at which all classes were taught in English. I want to let him know that I was one of the best students in my class graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with a really good grade. I was holding presentations, I listened to lecturers, I participated in class, I wrote essays and exams and in the end I wrote a 70 pages thesis and all of that in English… But there is more to tell him: After my Bachelor, I went to the UK to do my Masters for which I received another good grade and once again, all was taught in English and on top of that I was living in an English speaking country interacting with people in English on a daily basis. And just to top all of this, I started working in the UK a year ago, marketing events in London, promoting them through all forms of English and being complimented by my native English speaking boss about well written press releases – in English!!! I am not so sure anymore if I really am a total loser in English…

The other person who tried to teach me something was the person responsible for my apprenticeship in the company I worked for at that time. Instead of teaching me how to organise events, he preferred to give me the most ridiculous tasks that did not need my brain such as preparing coffee or doing photocopies. I was never allowed to do something meaningful or important even though I was supposed to learn all of this. But in his opinion I was just a cheap helper who he could boss around. On a regular basis he also freaked out and screamed at me blaming me for his mistakes… Once he even made me cry and I really thought that I was stupid and not even able to do the easiest tasks. But the more scared I got, the more mistakes I made…

In German we have a saying that says „You always meet a person twice in your life“. I am not sure if I really want to meet this guy again but if I ever do, I can finally tell him what an idiot he is – without any degree and no knowledge about how to teach and train other people. He is the loser he wanted me to believe I was. But I made my way and I have a much better job now – even without his help! All companies I worked with afterwards did a lot to keep me and offered me fantastic things just to keep working for them – so my work cannot be THAT horrible after all…

Both examples show that we should not trust everyone‘s opinion. If people tell you you are a loser or you are not going to succeed in what you‘re doing, always keep in mind that it is your life and you are the person able to change it! You can do whatever you like with your life and nobody else can stop you if you really want something. Even if you are declared the biggest loser on earth, it doesn‘t mean that you actually are this loser. It could just mean that the person claiming this has no idea and no ability to judge you!

Keep believing in yourself and you will reach your goals!!!

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